today's Mass readings (Hell / God giving us what we ask for)

**Wed (5-13) **

Acts 15:1-6:

Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice, you cannot be saved.” Because there arose no little dissension and debate by Saul and Barnabas with them, it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others should go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbyters about this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church and passed through Phoenicia and Samara telling of the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brethren. When they arrived in Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the Church, as well as by the Apostles and the presbyters, and they reported what God had done with them. But some from the party of the Pharisees who had become believers stood up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and direct them to observe the Mosaic law.” The apostles and the presbyters met together to see about this matter.

Ps 122:

Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord…

St Jn 15:1-8:

Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears much fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

*This gospel is a repeat of a few days ago.

I sometimes feel that God is not giving me certain things i ask for (as this last psg says he will) but then i realize that i don’t even want what i used to think i wanted. I believe God gives us what we whole-heartedly want and more importantly, what we NEED - to make it to Heaven… Some people He knows will get on the road to Heaven better if married, some He knows will get there sooner if NOT married (that would be me, no doubt :D)… so i guess only part of me thinks i want such things as a husband… and i don’t even know if that “part of me” is still “hanging around” anymore… i tend to think not… Most men just get me “distracted”… one way or another… …:whacky:

The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing i shall want… :)*

That Gospel passage is always hard for me. I have a hard time understanding what Jesus meant when he says ask for whatever you want. Because what we ask for must also be within Gods will. But if I want something (like to be healed of an illness) and God doesn’t grant it, it must not be Gods will. But I still wanted it to happen. So it seems as if God was not answering my prayer even though it says in this passage that he will. It makes my head spin. :whacky:

After thinking about this a little more though it just came to mind… Lets use the example of an illness again that I want to be cured of. Just because we ask for something doesn’t mean he is going to answer my prayer immediately. So if we don’t get healed in our life on earth and we go to heaven then we will be cured in heaven. So if we get to heaven he is essentially answering our prayer even though it wasn’t done here on earth. So if we were asking for this to happen maybe God answers this prayer in a way that helps us get to heaven because once in heaven we will have no illness. In addition, we must remain in Him for our prayers to be answered, and if we remain in Him we will be saved. So maybe this is Gods plan when it “seems” that God doesn’t answer our prayers. Head still spinning. lol. :shrug:

thanks a lot!! Now MY head is spinning… :smiley:

but i get your drift…

someone once said tht God answers all prayers… (someone who didn’t ask for much, probably… :D)

well, again… i have asked for things and then wondered why nothing happened along the lines of what i was asking… sometimes NOHTING happened… or so i thuoght… but anyway, down the road i realized that if i had gotten waht i’d asked for… i would have missed out on something else!! And many, many times i have had the thought, “Thank God i didn’t get THAT thing i asked for…!!”

But the hard part is waiting for that time to come, that time when we will see things we don’t initially see… :frowning:

anyway, if you have an illness i will pray for you…

i have an illness you can pray for…

I’m sick of the opposite sex!!!

:smiley:

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